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Old January 12th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #1221
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Old January 12th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1222
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Old January 12th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #1223
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Detroit's skyline is surprisingly small for its size!
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Old January 13th, 2012, 12:54 AM   #1224
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Ha, HK I was gonna post that!

And as an FYI the Durst Organization who are the owners of 4 Times Square and were the developers of Bank of America Tower, bought a stake in tower 1, so even when that weekly or monthly show occurs, WTC 1 should have some pretty awesome lighting schemes as 4 Times Square and BofA Tower never disappoint. I'm really hoping that they go with a similar set up at 4 TS and BofA and light 1 WTC with a spire that changes color every couple minutes.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 06:33 AM   #1225
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Pretty, though

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Old January 13th, 2012, 06:51 AM   #1226
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TONS of historical layers and textures. The best part? A lot has been rebuilt and even more will be as the housing market recovers. Detroit's on an upswing even as the population plummets, lol.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 03:33 PM   #1227
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Ha, HK I was gonna post that!

And as an FYI the Durst Organization who are the owners of 4 Times Square and were the developers of Bank of America Tower, bought a stake in tower 1, so even when that weekly or monthly show occurs, WTC 1 should have some pretty awesome lighting schemes as 4 Times Square and BofA Tower never disappoint. I'm really hoping that they go with a similar set up at 4 TS and BofA and light 1 WTC with a spire that changes color every couple minutes.
Hehe, seems like I beat you to it.
Well, the whole project certainly sounds promising. The article describes exactly what I've posted before:
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What I mean is the skyscrapers need an illumination which shows their shape / contours. And a nice crown lighting wouldn't hurt either
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This initiative should increase Lower Manhattan’s exposure
NY has so many beautiful buildings which simply disappear when night closes in. That's why the proposed illumination is desperately needed. Better sooner than later.

Thanks about the info on Durst. The interaction between the 4TS and BofA spires is pretty cool (NYTT should be included too!!!)! One can only hope they do some badass stuff on 1WTC.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #1228
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Can't get me enough San Francisco,

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Old January 13th, 2012, 05:36 PM   #1229
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San Francisco is very good looking, but could do with some height. This has been posted in the Toronto section, but I just love this pic so I'll reproduce it here:

From ZenLens in the Toronto section.

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Old January 13th, 2012, 08:00 PM   #1230
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Talk about 4TS and BofA... this is what Downtown needs!

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Old January 13th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #1231
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Midtown rulez!

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Old January 13th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #1232
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San Fran skyline is a beauty. Not very tall or very dense but the composition of buildings and their orientation works together brilliantly ... almost looks curated.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 10:42 PM   #1233
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San Francisco is very good looking, but could do with some height. This has been posted in the Toronto section, but I just love this pic so I'll reproduce it here:

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Old January 14th, 2012, 02:06 AM   #1234
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It's my first time to see this.. It seems like that avenue divided the skyline into two
The avenue is Market St. from whence neighborhoods like SOMA (SOuth of MArket) get their name. This view from Twin Peaks is really the only one that gives the appearance you commented on. From the Bay, for example, the skyline is continuous.

But there is no doubt Market is a prominent (and the city's second widest--Van Ness, on which I live, is wider) street. That makes it even more the shame that, until now, portions of it have become so shabby (i.e. "Mid-Market"--roughly 5th St. to 11th St.). I say "until now" because at last there is hope in the form of a number of new developments: a new apartment tower at 10th and Market, the huge new Trinity Plaza apartment complex at 8th and Market, the CityPlace urban mall between 6th and 7th on Market, the Argenta apartment complex just off Market at 10th, and a renovation of the Fox Plaza apartment tower with an addition, also at 10th and Market.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 02:14 AM   #1235
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San Fran skyline is a beauty. Not very tall or very dense but the composition of buildings and their orientation works together brilliantly ... almost looks curated.
The city over-all is the US's second densest after New York at around 16,600 people per sq. mile. (New York has 26,400) Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...lation_density

Chicago, by contrast, is only 12,750.

Re the city's height: Some of us would like to see taller buildings but there are some valid reasons often sited to block it. Earthquake safety is obvious (the city's Fire Dept. sweats blood over really tall buildings). Shadows are another--the city is cool and often gray all year, and sunlight is prized so buildings are not allowed to shadow public open spaces which tends to limit heights.

That said, there are changes in the works:


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Old January 14th, 2012, 05:17 AM   #1236
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San Fran skyline is a beauty. Not very tall or very dense but the composition of buildings and their orientation works together brilliantly ... almost looks curated.
Agreed. This is why I love it. I love tall skyscrapers as much as the next person, but aesthetically pleasing skylines with natural beauty always win me over. Balance and density I would take over height, any day.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 05:50 AM   #1237
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I understand your take on the Pru. Many people don't like it, although it has grown on me and has a really nice night presence with its new lighting. However, I can't for the life of me understand how you could call this building (our city's tallest) ugly.
It's not so much it being ugly (more bland if anything), but it really makes the overall skyline unbalanced because it's way taller than the rest of the skyscrapers. It's screaming for a partner up there. This is actually one of the reasons why Boston doesn't rank as high as it should among these kinds of lists. Hancock makes the skyline look small, especially in pics taken across the Charles.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #1238
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San Fran skyline is a beauty. Not very tall or very dense but the composition of buildings and their orientation works together brilliantly ... almost looks curated.
It very much IS curated. Here is an example of what the Planning Dept. does: http://www.sfplanning.org/ftp/CDG/tc...view_INDEX.htm
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Old January 14th, 2012, 09:09 AM   #1239
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San Fran will sure look great if this proposal would go forward.


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Old January 14th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #1240
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The proposal definitely IS going forward in the sense of permissive zoning (raising existing height limits though not as much as some wanted--probably nothing will be built taller than 1000' of occupied space). But the recession has hit hard. Of the 3 tallest buildings seen in that massing study, the developer of 2 (one double tower actually) has gone bankrupt and sold the land. The main TransBay Tower, the other of the 3, may get built but not for some time I suspect. Hines still has the development rights and land, but I don't think anyone sees the time as right for that much new office in SF. I expect to see a revised proposal eventually for a mixed use building.

On the other hand, there's a lot of good news for the skyline--that rather lonely 60-story tower on the far right (it's called One Rincon Hill and sits on its eponymous hill) may soon have 2 friends which should improve that portion of the skyline greatly. Planning called for multiple residential towers there but, again, the recession stopped them. Now a new developer who is already moving forward with construction in other parts of town (e.g. 10th & Market) has acquired the rights to 2 tower sites.

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